SC East Bengal announced three signings on Sunday - Scottish defender Danny Fox, German midfielder Matti Steinman and Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua - as the club gears up for its first season in the Indian Super League (ISL).
Fox, 34, joins the Kolkata side from Wigan Athletic. He played at the Everton academy as a teenager and was eventually offered a full-time contract there. He went on to spend the majority of his career in England, playing for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Burnley.
Steinman joins the red and gold brigade from A-League side Wellington Phoenix FC. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder had played in Bundesliga for Hamburger SV in the 2018-19 season.
“I am really looking forward to adding to the strength of SC East Bengal, which is already a top side in India. I have been doing a lot of reading on the club and football in India, and the project under Robbie excites me. I cannot wait to get going, for us and the millions of fans we have across the world,” he said.
- Jeje back after a season -
Jeje arrives at SC East Bengal after spending six seasons with Chennaiyin FC. However, the 'Mizo Sniper' had missed all of last season owing to injury.
He made 69 appearances for Chennaiyin, scoring 23 goals and crafting seven assists. He was the club's leading goalscorer and has the distinction of being the only player to have scored in each edition of the ISL.
He will bring a wealth of experience to SC East Bengal's attack and will partner with the likes of Irish midfielder Anthony Pilkington and Welsh striker Aaron Joshua Amadi-Holloway, both of whom joined the club on Saturday .
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